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DancerDancer Bog Off Justine!Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
Hi,

As most of you probably know I am currently in year 10 so I thankfully don't have to do my exams until next year although I have heard a lot of stuff about mocks. What exactly are the mock exams, how significant are they and would they also be for coursework based subjects such as Health and Social Care and Photography or are they just for certain subjects? Are mock exams external (sent to the exam board) or internal (marked by the school?)
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  • natalie_bnatalie_b Posts: 45 Moderator
    Mocks are practise exams that allow you to see how much of the exam content you know really well and what things you need to learn. They are usually not worth anything towards your final qualification (GSCE in your case @Dancer). However they may be used to give you a target grade, or even as the final grade in extenuating circumstances, for example if you cannot sit the exam.

    Usually you won’t have a sit down mock exam for a subject unless there will be a final exam. However they may do a mock coursework run through. Usually mock exams are marked by your teachers and not sent off to the board, they are really just for yours and your teachers use to gage where you are.

    Hope this answers all your questions! Good luck I’m sure you will smash them ❤️
  • natalie_bnatalie_b Posts: 45 Moderator
    I will add that you should check out all your questions with a teacher, just to make sure. As things can vary from school to school! :)
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
    Thank you so much for that. One of the subjects I do has no exams, one of the subjects that I do has an exam component at the end and one of the subjects has an exam at the end but the rest of it is coursework.
    I'm a fruit loop. 🍊➰

    There's a part of me I can't get back.  A little girl grew up too fast. All it took was once. I'll never be the same.
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
    These are the subjects that I do and what would be happening if GCSE exams are going ahead next year.

    Sports Leadership: No exams- all coursework
    Citizenship: Exams
    Spanish: Exams
    Photography: No actual exam paper but there is an exam component done over about 12 weeks
    Health and Social Care: Exam
    Dance: Exam paper and also some videos for exam board
    Maths: Exams
    English: Exams
    Science: Exams
    I'm a fruit loop. 🍊➰

    There's a part of me I can't get back.  A little girl grew up too fast. All it took was once. I'll never be the same.
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    Those are some really awesome subjects @Dancer !!! Particularly dance and photography - I would have loved to have done such rewarding subjects at school (totally agree with everything Natalie said too, mocks are usually just about seeing how you're doing and I am sure things will be okay).
  • coc0maccoc0mac Posts: 901 Part of The Mix Family
    Sounds like a great mix of subjects @Dancer :blush:

    How are you feeling about the idea of mocks? :heart:
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    edited April 14
    do you start mocks in year 10? im in year 9 now and yeah, know nothing about them
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    Good question @LorryTruck :) Yeah so in the UK, usually mock exams do not begin until Year 10 around January time and as said above the purpose is to have a baseline of how you are doing at the time. (Obviously most schools do not expect students to get really high grades because you're only like 4 months into learning GCSE content). Schools are meant to give lots of warning so that you have enough time to revise - that way any worries can be minimised <3

    How have you found any of the exams that you've done this year? :3
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM Thanks for answering.

    theyve been ok.
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
    AislingDM
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    No worries @LorryTruck ! I'm glad to hear they've been going well - I know they can be really stressful for some people, so I'm happy that people are talking about their experiences with tests :)
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM omgs there sometimes SO hard.
    like i've just had a science test and it was hard
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
    AislingDM
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    Bless your heart @LorryTruck <3 I can't imagine how frustrating that must be for you. Coming away from a test and worrying about it being difficult is never comfortable! Like you deserve to feel relaxed about and enjoy your education!! I know for me that science was always a tough subject, so I'm right there with you! =)

    I'm curious what about the science test was hard this time around?
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM Thank you so much. Yeah. I really want to enjoy my education, but I can't because it's so stressful. Science is probably the hardest I have to do, beside maths.

    The science test - A lot of it wasn't taught because of lockdown, and a lot of it was to do with practical's we couldn't do because of covid.

    And I got my score back and it was really bad :s , well i got more than the average mark in the class, but still :s

    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    I'm so right there with you @LorryTruck maths and science are my toughest too. It really does make sense for it to cause you distress, especially if you have teachers reminding you of the importance of tests. Oh bless you hun, like as you say over the average mark is better than below, but when it's not what you were looking for/hoping to get that feels quite irrelevant :( I'm curious do the teacher's at least give feedback on tests?

    One thing that my dad told me a few years back that has really stuck with me is 'it's really unlikely that something that happens to you at 19 is going to stay with you forever' (obv this depends on the situation) and sometimes I feel really happy when I remember it because I know I can try again in a worst-case scenario and other times the quote annoys me haha but maybe it will bring you some comfort (just swap out 19 for your age xx)
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    edited May 24
    @AislingDM
    Teachers do give feedback yes.

    I hope what I do now won't stay with me forever, that wouldnt be good.

    I start my GCSE option choices next year. :s
    Post edited by Jordan on
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • espurrierviespurriervi Posts: 9 Confirmed not a robot
    Dancer wrote: »
    Hi,

    As most of you probably know I am currently in year 10 so I thankfully don't have to do my exams until next year although I have heard a lot of stuff about mocks. What exactly are the mock exams, how significant are they and would they also be for coursework based subjects such as Health and Social Care and Photography or are they just for certain subjects? Are mock exams external (sent to the exam board) or internal (marked by the school?)

    Hi! Just here to say please please out effort into your mocks, people around you may say they're useless but theyre a great measure of how you're doing and what areas you may need to revise before your actual exams :)
    treat yourself with kindness
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    I'm glad they do give feedback because at least it doesn't leave you scared about how to 'improve', I hope the feedback is positively constructive though (you deserve encouragement, not distress) @LorryTruck I totally get what you mean, like the idea that these things will impact you forever is a worrying one. Especially when lots of people are telling you from all angles that your life should have some kind of set plan. The funny thing is (and ofc this is not always the case for everyone) there are quite a few people now who are starting to change their entire career path at random points in their life. One time, at my supermarket job, a customer talked to me about how they were a lawyer for like 20 years and decided, actually no, I want to go into non-pharmacological medicine practices. And they seemed really happy with their choice. I know that when you're choosing, it's not as simple as 'hey don't worry you can change your mind in thirty years' so remember to let yourself feel that worry, don't pretend those feelings are not there. However, I really am glad you're letting us all know how you're feeling, so hopefully we can support you with working through it <3

    Any chance you'll tell me about your fave subjects that you might choose next year? :)
    LorryTruck
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    I defo get what you mean @espurriervi !! Mocks are pretty awesome practice and can help to alleviate some anxiety about doing the 'official' public exams. So it never hurts to give it your all, if you're able to =)
    espurriervi
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM Thanks

    I've picked music, because thats literally my life and im so excited about the course. i picked history and spanish as well.
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    That sounds so dreamy!! What is it that you love so much about music then? Also very cool for history and Spanish (learning languages is super important, as well as understanding the events of history <3).
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM I love everything about music. I could say it saved me when no one was there. It keeps me going. I like writing songs, lyrics as well and it's something i would do in the future.
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    That makes total sense like it gives you a sense of both motivation and understanding sometimes lyrics are the only way one can express themselves ! Do you know if music GCSE requires you to make your own music or is it more like you play/sing existing songs?
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM I think it requires both. Im actually excited for it.
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    That's so very cool!!! So what is your fave way of making music, like do you sing or play instruments or prefer song writing? :)
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    PLay instruments @AislingDM i like songwriting as well

    lol i cant sing very well
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
    AislingDM
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
    Aghhhhh my mocks start in 3 weeks! :( At least I won't have mocks for Health and Social Care (my exam is in January) or for Sports Leadership (it is only a 1 year course and it is all based on coursework.)
    I'm a fruit loop. 🍊➰

    There's a part of me I can't get back.  A little girl grew up too fast. All it took was once. I'll never be the same.
    LorryTruck
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
    Maths: 2 papers (Non-Calculator and Calculator)
    Science: I think that there are 3 papers (6 when it is actual exams)
    English: I think that it is 1 paper- maybe 2 at the most for mocks
    Citizenship: 1 paper
    Sports Leadership: No exams
    Spanish: I think that it is 2 or 3 papers (Reading, Writing and Listening) There isn't going to be a mock for Speaking this time.
    Photography: Not sure yet because there is no actual final exam although there is an exam component towards the end of year 11
    Health and Social Care: Not sure if there is a mock (about 90% certain that there is no mock) as my exam is in January
    Dance: 1 paper (3 sections)
    I'm a fruit loop. 🍊➰

    There's a part of me I can't get back.  A little girl grew up too fast. All it took was once. I'll never be the same.
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,634 Part of The Furniture
    I'll be getting 25% extra time and doing my exams in a different room though. I have my non-calculator Maths mock on Friday though so it isn't actually during the mock window so not sure if I will get my exam concessions although the result is going towards my mock grade.
    I'm a fruit loop. 🍊➰

    There's a part of me I can't get back.  A little girl grew up too fast. All it took was once. I'll never be the same.
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 231 Trailblazer
    Lol me neither about singing !!! @LorryTruck I think instruments are very cool and must take a lot of skill - what do you play?

    That sounds like a lot on your plate atm @Dancer ! I'm glad to hear you have your alternative arrangements, but I know this does not offset anxiety and stress surrounding mocks. How are you feeling with them coming up? (is there a particular exam your most worried about?) <3
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck Definition of a mental mess and a certified lost cause :) EnglandPosts: 2,077 Boards Champion
    @AislingDM i play piano and guitar
    I know you've heard this before, but you've got to be strong now...
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